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Residents object to road closure at Cape Gloucester

RESIDENTS have lodged objections about the proposal for a road closure at Cape Gloucester, which is an area they want to see preserved for public access and use. Photo by Tim Wootton.
RESIDENTS have lodged objections about the proposal for a road closure at Cape Gloucester, which is an area they want to see preserved for public access and use. Photo by Tim Wootton.

MORE than 50 letters of objection have been written about the proposal for a permanent road closure at Cape Gloucester, with more expected to hit the Department of Natural Resources before the deadline for objections closes today.

The road closure application was lodged by Cape Gloucester Resort landowner Mark Hallett, who said it was never his intention to "impede anyone's access to the beach."

However, Whitsunday resident Kaye Williams says she is just one of many locals who are willing to stand up and ensure that the road remains open.

"Crown coastal land shouldn't be sacrificed to commercial operations - it should be available to the public for recreational purposes," Ms Williams said.

"It's a spectacular area and all the people I've spoken to feel the same way as me. Currently it's crown land and [if we give away] a little bit here and a little bit there, there's not going to be any access left for the public," she said.

Last week, Whitsunday Regional Council voted to notify the department of its objection to the application on the grounds that Council was considering future construction of public facilities such as car parking and a boat ramp for this specific area.

Ms Williams said she was encouraged by Council's response, but concerned that members of the public might need more time to register their concerns.

"Although Council does not support the application they are only one voice so we need as many people to be aware of the application as possible and to object," she said.

Mr Hallett said the matter was now out of his hands.

"No doubt they've received a number of objections and Council's not approving it so that'll probably be the end of it," he said.

Topics:  cape gloucester, road closure


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